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Col. Langer Receives National Lifetime Achievement Award for Highway Safety Work

Col. Matt Langer, Chief of the Minnesota State Patrol, received a national award​ for his dedication to saving lives on Minnesota roads. The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) presented Col. Langer with the Lifetime Achievement in Highway Safety Award, Law Enforcement Category.​

Col. Langer was recognized for the agency’s work through traffic safety initiatives and partnerships to send “consistent traffic safety messages and enforcement efforts throughout the state.” AAMVA President and CEO, Anne Ferro, said, “He has dedicated his career to saving lives and reducing roadway deaths, exemplifying AAMVA’s core mission of Safe Drivers, Safe Vehicles, Secure Identities, and Saving Lives.”

Col. Langer shows a passion for keeping motorists safe on the road, but traffic safety doesn’t stop there. Preventing fatalities and serious injuries depends on every Minnesotan buckling up, slowing down, planning a sober ride and paying attention.​

Extra Speed Patrols

  • Preliminary reports show 335 people have died on Minnesota roads so far in 2021 compared with 271 this time last year and 256 in 2019. Of the 335 deaths, 114 are speed-related. That's 36% percent  increase from this time last year (84) and a 97% percent increase from this time in 2019 (58)
  • If you speed, expect to be stopped.

School Bus Stop-Arm Safety

​Imagine hitting and killing a child trying to get on or off a school bus, all because you didn't pay attention or were ignoring the stop-arm.

It's something you will never get over.

As kids head back to school, get in the habit of looking for school buses.

You must stop when the red lights are flashing and stop-arm is extended.

Learn more about the​ law​​.